For the first two days (midweek), we were the only guests. That probably contributes to a very quiet experience. Although we never saw nor heard them, apparently there were others who came up to Ataco on Friday night. The rooms are spread out over a large territory with beautiful surrounding grounds. This is essentially an old colonial house that has been converted into a guest house, with some old-to-very old family pictures and antiques around. We did, by chance, meet the gracious owner the first evening we arrived. The room my wife and I had was fairly large, but sparsely furnished - certainly, we had enough storage space as a big walk-in closet with many shelves. Sitting in one of the common rooms was much more comfortable for quietly reading or using one's laptop. The few staff with whom we came in contact were exceptionally polite and friendly. That does remind me: as none of them speak English, it is good to know some Spanish – the more you know, the more likely you are to get exactly what you wish for breakfast, etc. The manager, Humberto, is exceptionally nice and patient, but he uses expressions, especially including diminutives, that can be initially unclear. Speaking of breakfast, we found the food to be very good but, considering the place is a coffee plantation, the coffee was mediocre. Well, I'm probably too hard, since I prefer a stronger coffee with a touch of milk/cream, and it was rather weak with only a nondairy creamer available.
Note that the inn is a couple hundred meters up the cobble-stoned road exactly opposite the entrance to Ataco. Consequently, we found this to provide a peaceful location about 10 minutes' walk to cafes, etc in town. Take a light if you'll be walking back after dark.
In short, we had good memories staying here and would absolutely choose to stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Quinta El Carmen & La Casona El Salvador/Concepcion De Ataco